How to make rope coasters

Follow Style at Home's step-by-step guide to making your own rope coasters

glasses with lemon slice on blue roap coaster
(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

Looking for dining room decorating ideas? These nautical-style rope coasters are perfect for coastal-inspired dining rooms and outdoor entertaining. We've used piping cord to make the coasters with an all-at-sea feel in cooling shades of blue.

50 minutes, plus drying time

£11.46 for 5

What you'll need
* 10m piping cord, £4.99,
* PVA glue, £2.49, The Range
* Cardboard
* Reeves acrylic paint in Titanium White and Ultramarine, £1.99 for 73ml, The Range
* Artist's brush

Make co-ordinating circular place mats to match your coasters - you just need a little more piping cord.

white cord paint brush and white plate

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

1) Cut the cord into 5 x 2m strips, cutting each end at a 45°
angle. Pour PVA glue into a saucer, then dab one end of each strip into
the glue 
and curl it back round on itself a little, pinching it tight.
Wrap with sticky tape and leave to dry.

white cord paint brush and black pvc

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

2) Cover the cardboard with a plastic bag. Remove the sticky tape
from the end of the piping and attach the piping to the middle of the
cardboard with a pin. Use the paintbrush
to add glue to the inside of the cord, coiling 
it around itself as you
Keep gluing until you run out 
of cord. Leave to dry.

white cord roll painted blue with paint brush

(Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles)

3) Paint
the coasters (you can mix white and blue together for different shades
of blue). Coat them with a mix of 50:50 glue and water to make them
splash resistant.

Looking for more craft ideas? Why don't you try making our Pretty floral cushion and Pretty hanging heart.